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Einar and the Cursed City Paperback – April 28, 2014
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About the Author
A freelancer in book production for forty years, Chet Gottfried lives with his wife Sue, and their three ex-feral cats, in State College, Pennsylvania. He is an active member of SFWA, with stories in Jim Baen's Universe, Aboriginal SF, and Asimov's SF, along with numerous fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories in small press and online publications. In 1984, Space & Time published his SF novel The Steel Eye to introduce its book line. For 2014, in addition to ReAnimus Press producing Chet's young adult fantasy novel Einar and the Cursed City, it has also published his fantasy novel The Gilded Basilisk. Chet's website lookoutnow.com features over a thousand pages covering his nature photography, cartoons, and games, as well as travelogues from his trips to the UK Lake District, Iceland, and the U.S. Southwest.
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by Chet Gottfried
If you have room for another teen in your heart, make sure it's Einar.
He's the main guy in Chet Gottfriend's new YA book. But this book isn't for YA's only. My own YA is centuries into the past, but I loved and laughed with Einar all the way through the book.
Here's what Einar is up to. He's a 16-year old farm boy. He came to the city to win some battle tournaments andd become The Most Famous Warrior In The World. Well, when you're 16, who doesn't hope to become the Most Whatever In The World?
Poor Einar. Things don't go exactly as he had hoped. The first friend he makes in the city turns out to be his opponent-partner in the jousting ring. Some friend! He wins, by cheating Einar of the victory that Einar had rightfully won. That was pretty discouraging for Einar, but things soon looked up for him. That came when he met Barbara Bloodbath (my new role model.) Barbara's fame is as a undefeatable warrior – and also as the proprietress of the first and only ice-cream parlor in the city. She also makes extra-special weapons, but the ice cream is what draws the crowds.
Barbara takes pity on Einar, and offers him a job – and a place to eat and sleep – at her ice-cream parlor. Not only was this just what Einar needed, but it's also the place where he becomes acquainted with Mel. Not only may she be the prettiest, sweetest (and most sprited!) girl Einar ever met in all his 16 years, but she is also...a tree. Yes, who knew? She assures him she is a hamadryad, meaning she is somehow part of a tree – in her case, a potted Rose of Sharon. Not only that, but she may also be...a magic sword.
Pretty strange, eh? But the whole city is pretty strange, as Einar finds out at every turn. It is indeed a “cursed city,” and the curse is even worse than the political mismanagement that plagues many cities in our own realm.
Einar finds himself drawn further and further into the magical mishaps that curse the city, and into more fixed – or at least semi-fixed – tournaments. But due to his energy and determination – and a few magical boosts – Einar finally finds some of that success he sought so doggedly.
I'm already awaiting the sequel to this gem, which reportedly will tell us not only of Einar's adventures, but also more about Barbara Bloodbath. I can't wait!
This book is great for young adults looking for an adventure that is at times funny and always mysterious. Einar's journey from farm boy to hero is a terrific ride that will appeal to younger and older readers. It's like a scoop of your favorite ice cream, filled with everything you love and leaves you with the sweetest pleasure.